George Clooney: I'm Not Qualified To Comment On Ben Affleck's Role As Batman

Todd Rigney

George Clooney famously tackled the role of Batman in director Joel Schumacher's big-budget disaster Batman and Robin. However, this doesn't mean that the actor is really qualified to comment on Ben Affleck's upcoming role as the Caped Crusader.

Everyone and their nerdy best friend felt the need to share their feelings with the world after the Argo director scored the coveted role in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman. Although most people don't have a problem stating their opinion, Clooney doesn't feel he's qualified to pass judgment.

Empire magazine discussed the situation with the Gravity star during a recent interview. According to George Clooney, he's really not in a position to talk about Ben Affleck's role as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

"I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. I tend to look at it like this -- let's just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating [Affleck] up. He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing," the actor explained.

Clooney thoroughly understands the stress that comes with portraying the Dark Knight on the big screen. Joel Schumacher's critically-panned entry in the franchise is easily the worst Batman movie in history. According to Worst Previews, the Monuments Men star kind of feels bad about it.

"Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it. If I am going to be Batman in the film 'Batman and Robin,' I can't say it didn't work and then not take some of the blame for that," he said.

Another person who thinks people should leave Ben Affleck alone is Elysium star Matt Damon. The actor believes everyone should give his friend and colleague a fair shot.

Damon told The Times of India:

"I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it's kind of funny. You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw 'Argo' or 'The Town,' and all the work he's been doing lately, it's way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben [Affleck] will be great at that … But it's safe to say I won't be Robin."

Are you a fan of George Clooney? Do you agree that people should wait until the movie comes out before passing judgment on Ben Affleck?

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